Friday After 5 to Feature Tribute to Nicky Hayden

At Owensboro's Friday After 5 event this week, a special tribute will be held in honor of hometown motorcycle racing legend Nicky Hayden.

“Nicky exemplified greatness in his sport and his love of mankind,” stated fan and friend, Teresa Thomas. “We want to honor his accomplishments and celebrate his memory in front of his hometown fans.”

Army Armstrong, a special guest speaker, will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. to honor Nicky's life. Armstrong is an internationally renowned motorsports announcer and a good friend of Nicky.

"He was a great ambassador for our community and had a tremendous amount of pride in Owensboro….and reaching the very pinnacle of his sport -- winning the 2006 MotoGP World Championship -- didn't change his core character or personality,” Armstrong said.

To feature his racing number, 69 helium balloons are going to be released to honor Nicky's life as a way for his hometown fans to say goodbye.

Tommy Hayden said, "On behalf of the whole Hayden family and Nicky's fiancée Jackie I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support -- it has been a great comfort to us all knowing that Nicky has touched so many people's lives in such a positive way.”

"Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest -- riding a motorcycle. He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming World Champion. We are all so proud of that.”

Friday After 5's tribute will take place on the Jagoe Patio stage on the BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center.


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